Our ancient friend
The Maltese is one of the most ancient of the ‘toy breed’ dogs, tracing back at least two millennia. No one’s 100% sure where the Maltese originated from, but there are a couple of theories. Many people believe this pooch originated in Malta, just like the name – which makes sense, doesn’t it? Or perhaps, Melita, a town in Sicily. Both theories have been investigated and have some factual evidence behind them, but no-one can know for sure. What we do know is that their roots trace back to the Mediterranean area. It’s also believed that the Maltese dog was worshiped by the Ancient Egyptians. They believed they had the power of healing.
Little big softies
Although the Maltese is gentle, playful and small, don’t underestimate their size. They know how to stand up for themselves if they feel a threat. But mostly they’re just big softies. Believe it or not, they actually make pretty good watchdogs, giving the impression of being fierce to ward off strangers. Once they know a person is not a threat, they will jump up and lick them. They may like to play the tough guy act initially, but their real temperament will reveal itself soon enough. See your local Greencross Vets if you’d like to know more about the temperament of a Maltese.
The Maltese is a small, hardy dog with silky hair. Their average height is 21-25cms and they weigh between 3kg and 4kg. It’s often referred to as a ‘toy breed’ because they’re so small. Their coat is pure white, although some might have a touch of lemon. Their fur is naturally soft, silky and has a slight wave to it. They have a long tail which is held over the back with a graceful curve. Their ears fall very close to their face and can often blend in with their coat. Their appearance can change significantly depending on how you style their fur, and there’s often a lot of it.
At Greencross Vets, nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of your four-legged friend. If you have any more questions, please reach out to your local Greencross Vets. You can find your local Greencross Vets here. We’re more than happy to help!